The BA (Hons.) in Musical Arts is specifically designed to meet the rapid expansion of jobs in the Culture and Creative Industries in both China and around the world. It is founded on the principle that in today’s job market, it is vital for music graduates to possess a wide range of skills, creative thinking and contemporary knowledge to succeed as professional musicians and realise their creative potential. The core programme, taught in English by an international faculty, includes all the essential courses found in music schools around the world, with students nominating to specialise in either i) Performance or ii) Composition. In addition, there is a wide range of electives available which embrace both emerging and traditional areas relating to music, including music for film and video games, jazz and popular music, music technology, as well as traditional Chinese music. The programme culminates in a Final Year Project, showcasing our students’ creative talent and providing them with a platform to pursue careers in the Culture and Creative Industries and beyond.

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Programme highlights:

  • Instruction in either i) Performance or ii) Composition taught by international faculty.
  • A wide range of music technology courses
  • Courses in jazz and popular music
  • Film music and music for video games course options
  • Many opportunities for pursuing interdisciplinary project work with other programmes (in particular the Cinema and Television programme and Media Arts and Design programme)
  • A Centre of Musical Excellence in the region